The University of Luxembourg has fired researcher Carsten Carlberg after concluding that his name was a drag on the institution.
A senior academic at the university of Luxembourg has been fired and his career may be in tatters following a misconduct scandal.
Biochemist Carsten Carlberg was accused earlier this year of deception by co-writing and approving two articles containing invalid scientific results.
The articles, which were written with post-doc grad student Tatjana Degenhardt, in Finland, have since been retracted.
However, as senior author of the documents, earlier this year the university launched an investigation.
Mr Carlberg took on the post of professor at the University of Luxembourg in 2006 where he led a team in the field of biochemistry.
The university today released a press release confirming his dismissal, saying that rector Rolf Tarrach took the decision out of a desire to protect the reputation of the young institution’s science faculties.
We emailed Carlberg, who has been quite responsive about the retractions and the inquiry into his lab, but haven’t heard back. The last time we heard from him, however, he seemed resigned to the likelihood that U. Lux would cut him loose. Whether his career is indeed “in tatters,” as the article states, is an open question at this point. As far as we know, Carlberg’s position at the University of Eastern Finland is not in jeopardy.